News

Top GOP Candidates Differ on Immigration Reform

Top GOP Candidates Differ on Immigration Reform

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The top two Republicans on this year’s ballot don’t agree when it comes to immigration reform.

The state’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), has been a longtime opponent of offering a pathway citizenship to undocumented immigrants. While he now favors offering that path to those who were brought here as children, his stance hasn’t softened on their parents. “I believe that the parents who entered the country illegally should not be given amnesty or a shortened path to citizenship,” Oberweis said.

While Oberweis says his principles on immigration haven’t changed, he did admit he regrets the anti-immigration ad he made while running for Senate in 2004, where he rode in a helicopter over Soldier Field in Chicago claiming 10,000 people come into the U.S. from Mexico every day.

But the Republican nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, is in favor of that path as part of comprehensive reform—which he says isn’t amnesty. “Not a word that I use,” Rauner said. “We need folks that are here, if they’re honest and hardworking, they should have a pathway to stay here and ultimately become citizens.”

Rauner wouldn’t say whether he supported any particular reform legislation that has been proposed in Congress.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois First State in the Nation to Lock Painkiller Bottles

med bottle lock

The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

in Local

The Du Quoin State Fair is on Now Through Labor Day

du quoin

Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says it's a money windfall for the area.

in Local

Pair of House Fires Look Like Arson but Appear to be Unrelated

fire truck

SPD and SFD continue to investigate the fires which occured within 90 minutes of each other.

in Local

Judge Considers Whether to Dismiss Illinois Head-Injury Suit

ihsa

Cook County Judge Leroy Martin Jr. heard oral arguments Friday.

in Local

Ex-Washington Mayor Don Gronewald Dead at 83

wtax 011015

Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.